Weird Science: Textbooks Question Climate Change

Accurate science information is not being provided to California students — at least that’s what a Stanford University study claims.

Science textbooks are providing misleading information on the topic of climate change, leaving room for interpretation of its cause and even of its existence. The study utilized four different middle school science textbooks, and words related to climate change were analyzed. According to K.C. Busch, one of the co-authors of the study, the books portray climate change as uncertain.

One textbook, published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston suggests that climate change may have been caused by something other than humans. But according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2014, “human influence on the climate system is clear.”

The textbooks seem to be outdated because the ones used in the study were almost 10 years old. Additionally, the state only approves new textbooks once every 10 years. A new list can expect to be adopted soon and hopefully more frequently in the future.

 

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Curriculum

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 21:15

For most kids, animal dissection is the part of science class that evokes an immediate sense of dread. State law even allows students to opt out of the practice if they morally object.